The Upstream Collaborative, was an active learning network of practitioners from 20 pioneering local authorities and their partners brought together by Nesta in partnership with Collaborate from 2019-2020.

These local government innovators were selected because they are all experimenting with different ways to address the complex challenges their communities face. By moving attention and resources upstream of service delivery, they are exploring how they can help create the conditions that enable citizens to thrive. To do this they are adopting new ways of working – new operating models – that acknowledge the complexity and interconnectedness of social issues and the people and organisations that aim to tackle them.

Team

Carrie Deacon

Carrie Deacon

Carrie Deacon

Head of Social Action Innovation

Carrie was Head of Social Action Innovation at Nesta, leading our work on social action and people-powered public services.

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Codrina Cretu

Codrina Cretu

Codrina Cretu

Mission Analyst, A Sustainable Future mission

Codrina is a mission analyst for Nesta's 'A Sustainable Future' mission team.

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Jenni Lloyd

Jenni Lloyd

Jenni Lloyd

Programme Manager, Innovation Programmes

Jenni was a Senior Programme Manager, responsible for the development, management and delivery of government innovation programmes.

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Tom Symons

Tom Symons

Tom Symons

Deputy Mission Director, A Fairer Start mission

Tom is the Deputy Mission Director for the 'A Fairer Start' mission at Nesta.

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Katherine Zscharnagk

Katherine Zscharnagk

Katherine Zscharnagk

Programme Coordinator, A Fairer Start mission

Kat was the Programme Coordinator for the new A Fairer Start mission launched in February 2021.

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Marc Newall

Marc Newall

Marc Newall

Senior Policy Advisor

Marc was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Government Innovation Research, Analysis and Policy team.

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Jonathan Bone

Jonathan Bone

Jonathan Bone

Interim Mission Manager, A Healthy Life mission

Jonathan is the Interim Mission Manager for the A Healthy Life mission.

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